Have you ever heard of a 21 lb 29er with front suspension and full gears, right out of the box? If not, let us introduce you to the Cannondale Flash 29er 1. This bike recently came in on special order for a staff member, and wow is it nice.
Not only do you get a 21 lb 29er (some of us remember when 21 lb’s was an excellent weight for a road racing bike) but you also get a beautifully put together components list, including a DT Swiss rear hub that’s perfectly matched to Cannondale’s front Lefty specific hub (right down to the red anodized highlights on top of the white shell). Actually, our favourite highlight is the red anodized bottom bracket – you really only notice it after you swing a leg over the bike. It’s a nice little touch.
Things like the Lefty 29’er Carbon SL w/DLR fork, FSA K-Force Light BB30 crankset, Stan’s ZTR Arch 29 rims, and Avid Elixir CR Carbon disc brakes and levers aren’t bad either. And of course the Sram XO drivetrain (also anodized red) is pretty swank.
The nicest part of the ride though is the frame itself, which is in great part what keeps the weight down. Not only is it light, but every tube has been optimally shaped to provide a plush yet efficient ride. Carrying through with that theme you can even notice the tapered seat post in the picture above, which provides a little extra flex to take the edge off of your cross country riding. Nice.
As mentioned, this bike was special ordered, but it’s almost completely stock from the manufacturer so remember that if you’re interested we can always special order a similar dream bike for you too.